Why Get Stretched Using Assisted Stretching?
Whether you’re an athlete preparing for your sport or you’re an average Joe just trying to stay in shape and out of pain assisted stretching can help you. At Tauberg Chiropractic & Rehabilitation we provide assisted stretching to patients in the Fox Chapel and greater Pittsburgh area.
What Is Assisted Stretching?
Assisted stretching is a therapy that helps maintain, and improve flexibility. Flexibility is an important component to our overall functional abilities. Flexibility is thought to reduce the risk of injury, allow us to perform certain activities, and possibly enhance athletic skills. Assisted stretching is a therapy where a patient is taken into a normal stretch and then a qualified practitioner applies a gentle but firm force to the stretch. This provides a great range of motion after the stretch and can often help with stiffness and pain. You may have seen trainers performing this type of therapy to athletes on the sidelines of a sporting event. At Tauberg Chiropractic & Rehabilitation we provide this therapy to both athletes and non-athletes alike in the Fox Chapel and greater Pittsburgh area.
How Does Assisted Stretching Work?
Assisted stretching is a generic term for what those in the rehabilitation and exercises world call Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation or PNF for short. PNF stretching causes muscular inhibition to allow the muscle to stretch farther and improve range of motion better than a normal stretch. PNF stretching can cause autogenic and reciprocal inhibition of muscles. What this means is that when contracting a muscle and stretching it at the same time the muscle is able to relax more than it normally would. Then when you contract the biomechanically opposite muscle the muscle being stretched is able to relax even further due to a neurologic feedback loop (Jeffreys, 2016). Use of these mechanisms allow us to improve range of motion, for patients in the Fox Chapel and greater Pittsburgh area, more than stretching alone normally would.
Jeffreys, I. (2016). Warm-Up and Flexibility Training. In Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning (pp. 324-328). Champaign: Human Kinetics .